"I" "DID" "IT"
Another one off of my list.
I've been climbing Sharp Park Road, which starts at 70' and runs for 2 miles until it ends at 660'
It maps out at an average ot 5.5% but, believe me, averages lie.
There's a big down hill dip near the top that skews things.
The first mile averages more like 9 or 10%. And therein lies my tale.
I've struggled with this hill for over a year now and no matter what, I've never made it past the first 8/10s of a mile without having to stop and get my HR down (doctor's orders).
It's actually pretty manageable until the last 1/10 which gets way into the double digits.
Here's what that looks like:
After that, I can do the remaining 1.2 miles in one shot, no problem.
Here's the second "half":
But I've never been able to do it all...
...in one shot.
That's been my goal and the last two times out, I almost felt ready to try but chickened out.
Today I went for it. I was doing fine, going slow and easy -I don't think I ever got over 5.5mph- and my HR was doing fine. As I neared the .8 mile mark -Gypsy Hill Road- I could see it start climbing. 160... 163... 165... 166 (ALARM! ALARM!). Oh I'm so close and if I can just get over the crest, I know it'll come down. 167... ooooooover the top and 168 (what?!?) and then 166... 165... 162... 158... I'm there, Baby. And I continued on to the top. I can NOT tell you how good that felt. Only two miles and 600' of elevation climbed but, for me, this was Ventoux
So much of what we do is mental. Keep on pushing.